If there’s one home décor trend that’s here to stay, it’s the eco-friendly trend. People are decorating their homes to feature a theme that pays tribute to nature, and they are using sustainable materials that they know won’t harm the environment. When it comes to lamps and lighting fixtures, you want to make sure the ones you are using are designed with components that are kind to Mother Earth. Here are a few things to look out for.
LED Light Bulbs
When it comes to light bulbs, LED and ENERGY STAR certified is the way to go. They use a fraction of the energy traditional incandescent bulbs utilize (around 20-25% less) and last 15 to 25 times longer. They save natural resources and make for less waste. They are also kinder to your wallet. Even though the bulbs may be more expensive, they will save you on utility and replacement costs in the long run.
Reclaimed and recycles materials are the best sustainable choice in terms of what your lamp is made of. It means that the materials used to make the lamp are already in existence. Therefore, the companies manufacturing the fixtures are using minimal natural resources to produce them. Recycling also makes for less waste that can end up in land fills.
Natural, Locally Sourced Materials
Another option is to find lighting fixtures made of natural, locally sourced materials. Bamboo, rattan and sisal grass are materials that can be found in nature, so they don’t require an excess of resources to produce. And, if they end up getting thrown out, they will biodegrade without emitting harmful toxins into the atmosphere.
Durable, High-Quality Materials
Materials like copper and other metals are typically mined which creates a significant environmental impact. However, they will last for generations, and they are infinitely recyclable which somewhat counters their harmful effects. If you go this route, source your lighting from a company that manufactures products that are built to last.
What to Look for in a Lamp Manufacturing Company
Your lamp or lighting fixture buying decision is guaranteed to be an eco-friendly one if you purchase from a company that follows sustainable production practices. Here are some things to look out for when researching businesses that manufacture lighting products.
- Brands that produce locally and source their materials locally
- Brands that have a good relationship with quality facilities and artisans and do not outsource to get the cheapest price
- Brands that work with factories with sustainability certifications and assurances
- Brands that are transparent about where their production takes place
If you can’t find the answers to these questions, don’t hold back from emailing or phoning the company for the information you need. If they are an honest business, they should have no problem allaying your concerns.
Sustainability is a priority for many homeowners buying light fixture units. The tips in this article will help you find products that are okay with Mother Earth. Which will you be adding to your collection? Contact A Lamp and Fixture today for all your Lamp needs.